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Tomorrow’s by-election in Dublin Bay South to fill the seat left vacant by former Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy is a key moment for this government. It is the first post-general election test for all parties and as with all by-elections, it is an occasion for the public to judge the performance of those in office. …

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has been asked to help secure the release of an Irish resident who has been detained without charge in Iraq since April 7. Robert Pether is an Australian citizen, but he lives in Elphin in County Roscommon with his wife, Desree; two sons, Flynn …

Young drivers could have to wait 18 months to get a full license despite government assurances that the current backlog could be resolved within 15 weeks, according to industry sources. The growing backlog causes both frustration and expense for young drivers who must always have a driver’s license with them and pay higher premiums while …

The Irish public has been urged to remain vigilant in recent months over the growing number of scams that attempt to separate people from their hard-earned money. Gardai and the Department of Social Protection have warned people not to give out sensitive personal and banking information over the phone. There has been a recent wave …

Imagine that you are a resident of a nursing home. Cocooned away from your family and friends since March 2020, you have lived in almost all of the care and control of nursing staff, depending on them to ensure that your rights are respected and protected. You live on an island within an island, it …

Irish tourism is “huge” and the “laughing stock” of the EU, Ryanair said. In a scathing statement, the airline accused the government of ‘continued mismanagement’ of the coronavirus crisis and called on Transport Minister Eamon Ryan to explain why Ireland is ‘the last Paddy’ when it comes to issue EU Covid digital certificates. Travelers will …

Carbon emissions from the Irish electricity sector could drop from almost 10 million tonnes per year to less than 2 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent by 2030 and lead to a price reduction of € 180 million for consumers, according to a report by energy specialists Baringa. Their analysis released Wednesday also presents a longer-term …

Health chief urges Javid to be a ‘voice of caution’ New Health Secretary Sajid Javid said there was “no turning back” on the lifting of England’s remaining Covid restrictions. Mr Javid spoke to reporters this morning during a visit to St Thomas’ Hospital in London and before a statement to Parliament later. The former chancellor …

Politics being what it is, much of housing policy has been reduced to a numbers game. Ministers do not hesitate to refer to government spending and the number of houses “delivered”. Embarrassing questions about value for money for the taxpayer, or whether it goes to the people who need it most, or the potential impacts …

Personal testimony about the struggle to come out as gay in a society in which he is stigmatized has been at the heart of the European Union leaders’ disgusted reaction to a discriminatory Hungarian law this week. It was important that homosexuals were in the room. Hungary’s heated showdown began at a meeting of EU …